They meet on Sunday and the winner could very well get out to an early lead in the group if England and the United States play to a draw. World Cup betting odds list Slovenia as the favorite in the match against Algeria.
World Cup odds on the three-way soccer line list Slovenia at +120, Algeria at +220 and the Draw at +220. The total on the match is two with the over at -125. Neither Slovenia nor Algeria has much offense so this should be a low scoring match. Slovenia is coached by Matjaz Kek and led by Milivoje Novakovic. In the qualifying group, Novakovic had five goals and five assists. What Slovenia does very well is play defense. They gave up just four goals in their ten World Cup group qualifying matches. Slovenia finished second in qualification behind Slovakia and they advanced thanks to a two-game playoff win against Russia. Slovenia has 23-year old Valter Birsa who can make some plays in the midfield. If he can set up Novakovic for a goal that may be enough for Slovenia to win this match vs. the World Cup odds since Algeria may not score.
Algeria is led by midfielder Karim Ziani, defender Antar Yahiam left wing Nadir Belhadj, striker Rafik Saifi and goalkeeper Lounes Gaouaoui. Algeria defeated Egypt to make it to the World Cup so they have the ability to give the other teams in Group C some trouble. If Algeria is to score a goal and win against Slovenia in World Cup betting they will need Ziani to get some space and find one of his wingers.
This will be the first-ever meeting between Algeria and Slovenia in World Cup odds. In previous World Cups, Algeria is unbeaten in their opening matches as they beat West Germany 2-1 in 1982 and played to a 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland in 1986. They have not been to a World Cup since 1986. Slovenia has never won a match at an international tournament as they have four losses and two draws in six matches.